Keith Moon

Drummer

Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. Moon grew up in Alperton, a suburb of Wembley, in Middlesex, and took up the drums during the early 1960s. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Keith Moon led a very destructive lifestyle that was accentuated by his alcoholism and drug addiction. When outlining his routine to a doctor, he stated:

"I always get up about six in the morning. I have my bangers and eggs. And I drink a bottle of Dom Perignon. And half a bottle of brandy. Then I take a couple of downers. Then it's about 10 and I'll have a nice nap until five. I get up, have a couple of black beauties [speed], some brandy, a little champagne and go out on the town. Then we boogie. We'll wrap it up about four."

When on tour he often trashed his hotel rooms, breaking the furniture, throwing TV sets out of the window, or even using dynamite to explode the toilet. On stage, Moon also famously had the habit of kicking over his drums during live sets.

Franz Schubert

Composer

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Franz Schubert started work very early in the morning, usually around 6 am and composed music until 1 pm. Schubert was a heavy smoker and would chain smoke during this entire period. At lunchtime, the Austrian composer drunk a strong cup of coffee and continued to smoke. And when evening came, Schubert was often found drunk – a sharp contrast to his shy and awkward sober self. In a day’s work, Schubert could sometimes write up to 65 bars and over the course of his life, until his death at age 31, Schubert completed over 950 pieces of work.

Bob Marley

Musician

Robert Nesta Marley, OM was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. 1 2

Daily Routine

Bob Marley was the last one to go asleep but always the first to rise the next day regardless of the previous night’s activities, which usually involved smoking marijuana and singing. Every morning, Bob Marley and the fellow Wailers embarked on a sunrise jog around the Jamaica House grounds or near Hope Road.

On Sundays, the group may have jogged up to 18 miles. A car might pick them up to return them home or sometimes they hiked back. After the jog, they all got into Bob’s car and drove to Bull Bay where they cleaned themselves in Cane River. They positioned themselves near the torrents so the water cleaned their chests and backs.

After a wash in the River, they piled back into Bob’s car to head to Papine Market to purchase the days groceries. Bob personally selected the carrots, soursop and Irish moss. The moss was a type of seaweed used to create a sweet drink which was said to increases one’s libido. Other groceries included a diverse selection of fruit and fish.

Back near Hope Road, Gilly routinely prepared a large and healthy communal feast, which the consumption of occupied most the day. If the band didn’t have any rehearsals, recordings or gigs in the evening, Bob would organize a soccer game, in which he was said to have played inside right and was a strong dribbler.

Prince

Musician

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. 1

Daily Routine

Prince usually slept 4 hours every night. In the morning, he would wake up and answer any business calls. After which Prince headed to the studio and would spend all day in there creating music.

When on big tours, Prince developed the habit of having long soundchecks instead of the usual 20 to 30 minutes that most artists opted for. Prince sometimes took up to 4 hours playing his songs and generally having fun. The opening act would then begin playing at about 6:30 pm while Prince was eating dinner at the hotel. Prince hit the stage about 9 pm and the gig would typically finish at 11 pm.

After the gig, Prince headed to the club or back to the hotel to spend some time in the recording studio. He often spent all night recording until the sun rose the following day which signaled that he had to travel to next city and his routine would start again.

Frédéric Chopin

Composer

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Frederic Chopin usually woke up late and ate breakfast in his bedroom at 10 am. The meal may have contained smoked meats, cheese, eggs, toast and maybe some goose with cured tongue. After breakfast, Frederic composed all day with a short break to teach George Sand’s daughter, Solange, the piano.

The day’s main meal typically started between 12 pm and 1 pm and consisted of multiple courses, perhaps six some days. On the menu was three meats, soup, vegetables and dessert. After eating the polish composer returned to work. The house reassembled to eat again at around 6 pm. Dinner was often served outside and followed by music and light conversation. Frederic then retired to bed.